This week, we will be learning about Ancient China, my inspiration for the China Unit Study which you can download free.
We continue using Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times as our spine for social studies, literature and fine arts and as a supplement to our curriculum for math and science. And as usual, this unit incorporates activities based on classical homeschooling, Charlotte Mason, unit study, lap-booking and Five in a Row and hits many subject areas including math and science.
In addition to the SOTW Volume 1 text and activity book you will need Chinese Myths (Myths from Many Lands), by Jane Bingham. (Or similar).
I also suggest A Faith Like Mine once again as well as My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book.
The Jane Bingham book provides several excellent parallel myths for the creation and flood stories. The illustrations are colorful, but not scary, and the text is easy enough for a newly fluent reader to read independently.
Activities in this unit include: map work, reading/listening, narration, making lap-book items, listening to Chinese music, working with adjectives, creating pictograms, cooking Asian Noodle Soup, measurement and making a panda mask. This unit also includes a technology component – looking at kid-friendly sites for facts about Giant Pandas and even watching the panda cam at the San Diego Zoo! So much cuteness!
As always, you should pick and choose what works for you. And please let me know if you use this with your children. I’d especially love to see your little pandas in their masks!
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